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"Rich History, Bright Future"

Culture and Arts

Kelly C. Ruffel
Director
199 Totowa Road, Wayne, NJ
(973) 706-6640
kellyr@passaiccountynj.org
Art in the Park Festival Program

Art in the Park 2018













Art in the Park
is an annual two-day festival sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The festival includes fine artists, crafters, musicians, food vendors, and more. Art is both exhibited and ready for purchase. There is no admission or parking fees. Open to the public for free. The 2018 Art in the Park Festival will be held on September 29th and 30th 2018 in Rifle Camp Park. 

To register as a vendor for this event, please click here.

Night at the Mansion, Dey Mansion Museum

Logo, Night at the Mansion








The Night at the Mansion is a summer open house event series at the Dey Mansion Washington's Headquarters Museum featuring live music, performances, and family-friendly movies on the lawn. Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs! The event and museum access is
free to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase. For more information, please visit the events page at www.deymansion.org

Schedule of performances (all shows begin at 7pm, doors open at 6pm):
  • July 12th –  A live performance of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well
  • July 19th - Music by Junkanoo and the movie  Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
  • August 2nd - Music by Young Legs and the Dalton Gang
  • August 9th - Enjoy the music of Moonshine Creek Blue Grass Band
  • August 23rd - Enjoy the music of The Adventure Soundtrack

AART WALK Final Posterrt Walk Program

The County of Passaic is beginning to host a series of Art Walks in downtown areas. An Art Walk is a one-day event (or mulitple if you choose) that supports local community and economic development through the engagement of local artists, galleries, small businesses, students, and families. Art of all types is displayed in storefronts of local businesses and restaurants, and throughout the downtowns with a central area for performances and meet and greets.  We hope to bring a diverse assortment of artwork to represent our diverse communities. These are excellent opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell work, while bringing awareness to local business districts. For more information or to particpaite in the program, please contact the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs.


Craft Saturdays Youth Program

Join us for Craft Saturdays, our summer-long outdoor craft series for families and kids of all ages hosted at the Dey Mansion Washington's Headquarters Museum. This year we will make projects influenced by nature, including sun catchers, percussion sticks and clay forest creatures.  Admission is $3 per child and includes craft materials and admittance to the Dey Mansion. RSVPs are strongly encouraged.

Flyer, Craft Saturdays


Passaic County Teen Arts Festival Program

The Passaic County Teen Arts Festival is scheduled for May 10,
2019 at William Paterson University. Save the date! More details are coming soon. For more information, please call the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs at 973-706-6640.

The Passaic Teen Arts Festival is the countywide culminating celebration of the arts dedicated to inspiring teen artists, educators, professional artists and arts advocates from all across the county to unite as one grand and all-inclusive community. The Passaic County Teen Arts Festival will hosts a plethora of activities, focused towards recognizing the accomplishments of the teen artists by showcasing their creative efforts in the performing and visual arts. The 2019 showcase will focus on the performing arts while the 2020 showcase will focus on the visual arts. In addition to highlighting the accomplishments of the county's talented teen artists, the Passaic County Teen Arts Festival is committed to furthering the interests of all who are in attendance by providing workshops, critique sessions, and expsoure to higher education institutions for students,  and professional development workshops for teachers.

Moving Murals Program

A new program sponsored by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders which brings temporary mural installations to be displayed in Passaic County Park System. Each panel is painted collaboratively by members of the community at County events. The panels are designed to represent important landmarks and the surroudning community. They are intended to be displayed as an ongoing exhibition throughout our green spaces. To sponsor or propose a mural, please contact the Department of Cultural & Historic Affairs.


Shakespeare in the Park Program

shakespeareinthepark-UPDATED(3)The County of Passaic is holding an inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Park, which will include four events over the summer of 2018. Partially funded by a grant from the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council, the County is working with the Hudson Shakespeare Company to perform at each of these performances.

Hudson Shakespeare Company is a nonprofit performing organization that was established in 1992 and is known for using some of the best young and experienced actors, directors and crew from the tristate area who strive to bring the classics and contemporary theater to venues in New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area. The company has produced a wide range of titles from the Bard to modern theater in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues from city parks to courtrooms, and aims to uphold its mission to give the audience the best theatrical experience possible. The Company performs at several locations (i.e. Hoboken, Jersey City, Kenilworth, Secaucus and South Orange etc.) during their summer festival season and is always striving to expand its current touring base.


Teen Arts Program

Passaic County Teen Arts Festival will take place on May 10, 2019 at William Paterson University. Local high schools will be invited to send motivated and talented performance artists to this high quality event. Professional Teaching Artists will host discipline-specific workshops, offering each student personalized feedback and advice. While there will be no adjudication at the event, students will be given all information necessary to apply for the 2019/2020 New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival, should they wish to attend.

Our  interst survey for local high schools can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2019PCTeenArtsInterestSurvey 

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